February 15, 2022
Lyra Phase 2-35
Starting on the coachroof, then working down to the sidedecks and elsewhere, I laid out the nonskid field pattern and masked it off, leaving the borders and perimeters for the gloss topcoat exposed. In most areas, I masked for a 1-1/2″ wide border; at the companionway, I left a wider area to accommodate the sea hood when installed, with 1-1/2″ allowance on the three sides. Elsewhere, the layout was straightforward with radiused corners everywhere, and the 1-1/2″ border width continued as appropriate around the few obstructions. I left room around the coaming overlap area forward of the cockpit so this part of the wooden coamings would also have white borders.
At the aft ends of the cabin trunk, and the forward edge of the traveler area, where I’d been making incremental preparations for the glossy paint blending, I used foam tape to help blend the transition on these final coats with the existing paint in these areas.
Afterwards, I went around and touched up a few small areas that needed some additional sanding, set up special topcoat lighting around the shop, prepared paint material and spray equipment, then performed the final cleaning with vacuum and solvent wash to prepare all areas for the paint. In the cockpit, I also added a layer of masking paper on the seats near the coamings to cover up the plastic over the cockpit well, as the previous coats of primer had begun to flake off the plastic (as is wont to happen), and although I already had paper directly adjacent to the areas to be painted for this very reason, the extra paper to cover the flaky bits was minor insurance against contamination. On the port sidedeck, where I’d need to step during the first phase of the painting (to reach the center areas of the coachroof), I added some sacrificial paper to protect the cleaned and prepared deck edge/toerail when I stepped aboard; I’d remove that extra paper once I finished the three coats amidships.
Total time billed on this job today: 4.25 hours
0600 Weather Observation: 10°, overcast. Forecast for the day: Scattered snow showers, cloudy, 17°